Bait question

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by mr.whiskers83, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. mr.whiskers83

    mr.whiskers83 New Member

    Charles City,Va
    I happened to notice the other day that at a local wally world, there were packaged chicken hearts and gizzards. I thought to myself that sounds like something to try for catfish bait being that they are in a pound package and are just as cheap as livers and should definitely stay on the hook better than livers without much work. I was just wondering if anybody has tried hearts and gizzards for bait? I haven't really got to mess with em yet so I'm not sure how bloody or anything they may be so I might have to do something with that to help in the attractant department.
  2. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

    gizzards and hearts don't work near as well as livers unless your trying to catch turtles.

  3. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

    Guthrie, Oklaho
    A somewhat cheap bait I like is minnows. In this area, when you go into a bait shop and ask for two dozen large minnows, they don't count the minnows. So, normally, when I ask for two dozen, they give 4 to 5 dozen. I'll use 1 1/2 to 2 dozen on the first trip and freeze what is left in quart zip-lock baggies. Then, when I next go fishing, I add tap water to the zip-Lock and by the time I'm ready to fish, the minnows are thawed. By carrying a little extra ice, it's a simple matter to keep the bait cool so it won't get too soft. I simply thread the minnow onto a 7/0 circle or a 6/0 Kale hook like you would a worm.... start at the mouth and run the hook inside the body, bending the minnow to fit the hook. The point finally comes out near the tail fin. I just make sure there are no scales on the point and chunk the bait, set back and wait.
  4. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

    West Newton, PA
    try some raw chicken tenders. a package of them is fairly cheap and the channels love them.
  5. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

    North Dakota
    Recently cooked a turkey and saved 2 hearts, and liver for catfish bait. I have to say I was not impressed. Nothing seemed to want it. Had a few minor bites but nothing caught.

    I actually had more bites on chunks of boneless skinless chicken thigh's.

    I'll stick with a dozen nightcrawlers, and cut the first suitable fish caught into catfish bait.
  6. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

    What Kevin said.
    I've tried both on several occasions when I left the wife in charge of buying me bait. They had no livers so she bought me hearts or gizzards rather than coming home with no bait at all. I applaude her effort and won't complain to her but I wouldn't recomend using either. If I go to the store and they have no livers I'll but night crawlers or shrimp. (when on sale)